Making Research Relevant to Development - Experience from the NCCR North-South

Heim, Eva (2010). Making Research Relevant to Development - Experience from the NCCR North-South. In: The Annual Conference of the KFPE - Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries. Basel, Switzerland.

Making research relevant to development is a complex, non-linear and often unpredictable process which requires very particular skills and strategies on the part of researchers. The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South provides financial and technical support for researchers so that they can effectively cooperate with policy-makers and practitioners. An analysis of 10 years of experience translating research into development practise in the NCCR North-South revealed the following four strategies as particularly relevant: a) research orientation towards the needs and interests of partners; b) implementation of promising methods and approaches; c) communication and dissemination of research results; and d) careful analysis of the political context through monitoring and learning approaches. The NCCR North-South experience shows that “doing excellent research” is just one piece of the mosaic. It is equally important to join hands with non-academic partners from the very beginning of a research project, in order to develop and test new pathways for sustainable development. Capacity building – in the North and South – enables researchers to do both: To do excellent research and to make it relevant for development.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Heim, Eva


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics




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04 Oct 2013 14:19

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19 May 2015 08:45

URI: (FactScience: 210897)

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